Latest Practice News / Events / Announcements
We are pleased to welcome Dr Andy Hird to the practice in the new role
of Salaried GP. Andy joins us in mid-November having relocated
We occasionally close in the afternoon to allow GPs &
staff protected time for training and development in order to continually
improve patient care. We will therefore be closed on the following dates
from 1230-1730. Please dial the number listed against the date for medical
advice/contact during these sessions:
- Wednesday 12th February - Call 01306 267113
- Tuesday 18th March - Call 111
- Wednesday 14th May - Call 01306
- Wednesday 25th June - Call 111
- Tuesday 15th July - Call 01306 267113
- Tuesday 21st October - Call 01306 267113
***UPDATE - We are experiencing ongoing
problems with ordering the shingles vaccine,
Zostavax, which has now been temporarily suspended. Eligible
patients will be contacted when supplies resume and we have the
vaccine in stock***
A new national shingles immunisation programmes has been
introduced by the Department of Health to help protect those
most at risk from shingles and its complications. The shingles
vaccine is recommended for 70-79 year olds. However, as the
vaccination programme will be phased in over the next few years
not everyone will be eligible for the vaccine this year.
For 2013/14, if you are aged 70 years old on 1
September 2013 (ie born between 2 September 1942 and 1
September 1943 inclusive) you are eligible to be vaccinated
against shingles. In addition, people aged 79 on 1
September (ie born between 2 September 1933 and 1 September
1934 inclusive) will also be offered the vaccine in a catch-up
programme. Other age groups will be introduced in future years
to ensure that all people aged 70-79 are offered vaccination
We are currently limited to ordering 25 vaccines per
week (previously just 5) and will contact all eligible
patients once we have adequate stock in hand in order to
effectively run a shingles clinic, so please wait until you
receive a letter or a telephone call from us inviting you to
have the vaccination before contacting the surgery.
For more information about shingles, leaflets are available
from Reception or via the following links:
HSCIC Care Data Extraction:
You may have heard about the forthcoming care.data service managed by the
Health & Social Care Information Centre. There are further details below
from the NHS England patient information leaflet, copies of which are available
from the surgery:
Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure
system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.
It is important that we, the NHS, can use this information to plan and
improve services for all patients. We would like to link information from all
the different places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and
community service, to help us provide a full picture. This will allow us to
compare the care you received in one area against the care you received in
another, so we can see what has worked best.
Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will be
used to link your records in a secure system, so your identity is protected.
Information which does not reveal your identity can then be used by others,
such as researchers and those planning health services, to make sure we provide
the best care possible for everyone.
How your information is used and shared is controlled by law and strict
rules are in place to protect your privacy. We need to make sure that you know
this is happening and the choices you have.
Please take time to read this leaflet. You need to make a
Benefits of sharing information
Sharing information can help improve understanding, locally and nationally,
of the most important health needs and the quality of the treatment and care
provided by local health services. It may also help researchers by supporting
studies that identify patterns in diseases, responses to different treatments
and potential solutions.
Information will also help to:
- find more effective ways of preventing, treating and managing
- guide local decisions about changes that are needed to respond to the
needs of local patients;
- support public health by anticipating risks of particular diseases and
conditions, and help us to take action to prevent problems;
- improve the public’s understanding of the outcomes of care, giving them
confidence in health and care services; and
- guide decisions about how to manage NHS resources fairly so that they
can best support the treatment and management of illness for the benefit of
What will we do with the information?
We will only use the minimum amount of information we need to help us
improve patient care and the services we provide.
We have developed a thorough process that must be followed before any
information can be shared. We sometimes release information to approved
researchers, if this is allowed under the strict rules in place to protect your
privacy. We are very careful with the information and we follow strict rules
about how it is stored and used.
We will make sure that the way we use information is in line with the law,
national guidance and best practice. Reports that we publish will never
identify a particular person.
Do I have a choice?
Yes. You have the right to prevent confidential information about you from
being shared or used for any purpose other than providing your care, except in
special circumstances. If you do not want information that identifies you to be
shared outside your GP practice, ask your practice to make a note of this in
your medical record. This will prevent your confidential information being used
other than where necessary by law, (for example, if there is a public health
You will also be able to restrict the use of information held by other
places you receive care, such as hospitals and community services. You should
let your GP know if you want to restrict the use of this information. Your
choice will not affect the care you receive.
Do I need to do anything?
If you are happy for your information to be shared you do not need to do
anything. There is no form to fill in and nothing to sign and you can change
your mind at any time. If you have concerns or are not happy for your
information to be shared, speak to your GP practice.
Where can I get more information?
Leaflets in other languages and formats are available from our website. For
more information, including a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs), please
go to the website at www.nhs.uk/caredata. You can also get further
information from the website at www.hscic.gov.uk. Or you can speak to staff at
your GP practice. All 22 million households in the UK will be receiving a
government mailshot in January 2014.
Out of Hours Service and NHS Direct has now been replaced by NHS
The Out of Hours telephone number has changed to 111. Calls to the
NHS 111 service are free from landlines & mobile phones The service
aims to make it easier for people to access healthcare services when they need
medical help fast, but it's not a life-threatening situation.For further
details on the service provided by Harmoni please go to the Out of Hours
section under Practice Info. NHS 111 also replaces the NHS Direct
Barns Green & Slinfold Village Stores
Barns Green & Slinfold Village Stores provide a prescription
collection service for customers who are patients at Billingshurst
Surgery. Please note that this service will not cover Controlled Drugs or items
that require refrigeration. These items will need to be collected from
the surgery as normal.
To use this service, patients will need to:
- Sign and return a consent form (available from the surgery).
- Have requested their prescription as usual by telephone (01403 784821),
by returning the repeat slip to the surgery or online via our website.
- Have paid for their prescription in advance via the surgery (not the
store), or purchased an exemption certificate and provided proof of this to
The prepared prescriptions will be collected from the surgery on
Mondays & Fridays only, and patients will need to factor this in when
considering when they need their prescription by along with the usual two
working day turnaround.
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